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Metso signs strategic equipment supplier agreement for biomass refineries with Inbicon

Metso has signed an agreement with Inbicon A/S of Denmark for the supply of technology capable of converting biomass into second generation fuel ethanol. The value of the agreement will not be disclosed.

The agreement covers cooperation in designing and supplying full industrial scale biomass refinery equipment by combining Metso’s fiber processing technology and Inbicon’s technology for bioethanol production. Metso applies the equipment to the refineries, where non-wood raw materials like wheat straw, bagasse and oil palm fruit residues can be utilized to produce ethanol, solid biofuel for energy production, and animal feed.

Lars Dahlqvist, Senior Vice President, Metso’s Fiber Processing unit says: "With this agreement we have taken an important step towards supplying our equipment for the new industry of biomass conversion. We look forward to working with Inbicon and see them as a fast track to commercialization of a whole new industry of biomass refining. We are now ready to deliver the equipment for commercial size plants for second generation bioethanol."

Inbicon A/S develops technology for conversion and refining of soft lignocellulosic biomass into fuel, feed, and green chemistry products. In December 2009 the first Inbicon Biomass Refinery was inaugurated in Kalundborg, Denmark, to demonstrate the technology. The plant converts wheat straw into fuel grade ethanol, animal feed, and lignin pellets for energy production. Inbicon is a subsidiary of DONG Energy A/S.

Metso is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling and the pulp and paper industries. We have about 29,000 employees in more than 50 countries.

For further information, please contact: Lars-Åke Lindström, Vice President, Bio and Annual Fiber, Metso Paper Sweden AB, tel +46 60 16 50 00